A very ordinary object – a compact – has got a relevant role in this movie. It belongs to Fran, a charming elevator operator who works at an insurance company where she has got an affair with the influential personnel director Jeff Sheldrake. This object reveals the affair to C.C. Baxter, a lonely bachelor who works at the same company.
It may be ordinary, but it has some peculiarities, for example the fleurs de lys decorations on it.
This is a compact by Volupte, an American brand established in the 1920s. The same shape of the compact and the position of the decorative elements can be seen in a mother-of-pearl version, but the one seen in the film is made of metal.
Another interesting detail is the powder puff inside the compact.
The upper side of the puff reads “Lushus”, an American brand producing deep-pile powder puffs.
Davis has a very busy working life and a very strict daily routine which includes beauty treatments. So it’s not surprising to see many toiletries in his bathroom. D. R. Harris Arlingtonmahogany shaving bowl is one of them.
On the washbasin counter there are more beauty items:
In Cozy’s bathroom there are a can of Aquanet unscented super-hold hairspray and a jar of Clinique 7th-day scrub cream.
The jar with pink cap is a Christian Dior skincare product, probably the Hydra-Star moisturizer or a cream from the original Capture line. The two jars between the hairspray and the scrub are – I’m pretty sure – Estee Lauder products.
In the morning, Kayla (Elsie Fisher) puts her make-up with a pink pear-shaped sponge, which is likely to be the Sephora Airbrush one. It’s a very generic tool and many brands make it, but I like to think she got it at a shop she could find in a mall.